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Cheryl Ladd on why she loves getting older

Cheryl Ladd's breakout role was as blonde bombshell Kris Munroe on the hit '70s series "Charlie's Angels," but the actress, who recently appeared on "The People v. O.J. Simpson," says she's enjoying maturing and "being the sage."

Ladd talked to CBS News about aging gracefully and her partnership with the Know Your Cataract Eye-Q campaign.

What made you decide to work with the Know Your Cataract Eye-Q campaign?

I was excited to be asked to do it because I was in the dark about it and to get information to people and help them make good health choices is right up my alley. When my husband had to have cataract surgery, neither of us knew a thing about it. When you don't know anything about it, it's kind of daunting, so I was excited when they asked me to help people make good choices for themselves.

You can go and see what your "Cataract Eye-Q" is and take quizzes online. If we all live long enough, we will have cataracts. That's just how it is. There's nothing you can do to prevent them from happening. I will be a candidate and now I feel pretty darn confident about the information I have, that when I have it done, I'm not going to be nearly as terrified about the whole process.

Speaking of getting older, how has it been for your career in terms of the roles you get?

I love it. It's great. For me, I think just about every actress will tell you the older you get, the more interesting parts you get. You have more life to bring and more experience -- not just as an actor, but in life, you're deeper and have a deeper understanding of life. The women you get to play have more depth and I find that interesting. I love it.

How did you get involved in "The People vs. O.J. Simpson"?

I very much wanted to be a part of it. I sent in a tape. A lot of people were auditioning for any part in that project because everyone had a feeling about it. Ryan Murphy -- working with those people and to tell the story from a different point of view, we all felt like we knew what we knew, but we didn't know what was going on behind the scenes. They did such a spectacular job and I loved, loved working with John Travolta.

Do you think the show will win any Emmys this year?

Oh, I think it will. It should. I thought that the producers, directors, writers -- everybody -- there were so many great performances. I would expect they're going to take home some Emmys.

Do you have any other projects coming up?

I finished a movie with Katherine Heigl and loved it. I got to play a really interesting woman -- I play Katherine's mother in the piece. She's a very deep and interesting person to play, so as I said, I enjoy being the sage. I enjoy the roles I'm choosing to play now.

I'm always a little busy. I choose very carefully and say no more often than I say yes. I'm starting a company called Cheryl Ladd's Signature Homes and helping people build their dream homes.

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